BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Why we all need to be told stories…Alan Rickman QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

April 1, 2018 · 13 Comments

The stories old boots can tell…and a decent pair of Jimmy Choo’s ART FOR WRITERS

Van Gogh frequently painted boots and shoes, the more worn and muddy they were the better. Looking through my writing exercises, I realise I focus on shoes quite often and, … Continue reading

February 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

“I convey the life that person has lived, solely through their look and expression…” ART FOR WRITERS

I don’t think I have to say much this week…Los Angeles-based surrealist Alexandra Dillon transforms things that have outlived their usefulness and turns them into people with personalities and emotions, … Continue reading

February 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Capturing the feel of being there… ART FOR WRITERS

New York Street with Moon seems an approriate picture for a week where the moon has been so much in the news. I didn’t see the blue moon, the blood … Continue reading

February 2, 2018 · 5 Comments

Get lost in a watercolour and emerge with your own work of art ART FOR WRITERS

I was struck by this watercolour by the American artist Sarah Yeoman and her imagination-stiring title I Once Was Lost. The literary term for writing that reflects on a work … Continue reading

January 26, 2018 · 4 Comments

The almost accidental photograph that left an indelible impression …ART FOR WRITERS

Once seen this photograph is never forgotten. Taken in 1936, it stands alongside Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath in revealing the terrible human consequences of a failed economic policy. As the … Continue reading

January 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Learning how to be truly individual with Leonora Carrington ART FOR WRITERS

This painting is of the Giantess, (or The Guardian of the Egg)  by Leonora Carrington. She lived a rich and varied life – from being presented at court as a young debutante … Continue reading

January 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

The power of telling stories…ART FOR WRITERS

This mural is by Fintan Magee, an Australian artist known for his murals throughout  the world. This is a partial list of his public art, but as it doesn’t include … Continue reading

January 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Embroidering people with beauty – ART FOR WRITERS

Ruth Miller creates hand-embroidered portraits from her studio on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Each one takes about a year. This is what she says about her work: “Ugly and gross … Continue reading

December 29, 2017 · 5 Comments

Glory in the colour of your words…ART FOR WRITERS

This is one of the Nana scultures by Niki de Saint Phalle and you don’t need me to tell you it’s celebrating life, colour and being a woman. It’s a … Continue reading

December 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

Learning from the rich imagery of surrealism…Remedios Varo ART FOR WRITERS

This extraordinary painting is by the Catalan-Mexican surrealist painter Remedios Varo. It was completed in 1955 and called ‘Sympathy’ (originally the Madness of the cat). “I do not wish to … Continue reading

December 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

Cezanne and the creative arts…ART FOR WRITERS

I’m not going to write about what Paul Cezanne did  with paint or his enormous influence on art because I know a lot of people reading this will have much … Continue reading

December 8, 2017 · 7 Comments

It’s all about your point of view…ART FOR WRITERS

This magnificent portrait is a linocut print made by Elizabeth Catlett in 1952. The Title is The Sharecropper. The halo created by the brim of the sharecropper’s sun hat, and … Continue reading

December 1, 2017 · 3 Comments

See the music, feel the rhythm…ART FOR WRITERS

  This linocut by the English artist Cyril Power is full of music and rhythm. It was made in the early 1930s and shows just what you can do with … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · Leave a comment